Choosing a new roof can be a confusing process, but the decision shouldn't be taken lightly. A roof can dramatically affect the appearance, energy efficiency and structural stability of your home, and it's best to consider all of the available options when choosing one.
With so many options including strip shingles, interlocking shingles, asphalt shingles, slate or cedar, the sheer volume of materials, colors, styles and other features can make the entire process daunting. But there is one type of roofing material that you should strongly consider: laminate shingles, also known as three-dimensional or architectural shingles.
What Are Laminate Shingles?
Until about 20 years ago, residential roofs were almost exclusively made from 3-tab shingles. A 3-tab shingle is a one-foot by three-foot wide shingle slab with slots at one end to create three tabs. These tabs are overlapped and nailed in place and are often mistaken for individual shingles. Laminate shingles are made of the same basic materials, asphalt, granules and fiberglass, and have the same basic construction as a 3-tab shingle. The key difference between them, however, is the extra layer under the laminate shingles' lower half. This additional thickness (about twice that of the upper half) gives laminate shingles a natural depth, especially from the ground, and explains why they're sometimes called architectural shingles.
Why Are They Better Than 3-Tab Shingles?
Because the laminate shingle is thicker than a traditional 3-tab shingle, it creates a more dimensional and textured appearance on roofs. Some styles even come in varied shades of the same color to enhance the natural and rustic quality. You can also use laminate shingles to mimic the look of slate or cedar roofs, making them a versatile and aesthetically-pleasing option that is much more durable than their lighter counterparts.
Laminate shingles outperform other shingles in nearly every category including fire, moisture, hail and wind resistance. Although they are initially more expensive to install, they will save you money in the long term because of their longevity, especially in extreme climates with high heat and humidity or heavy snowfall and hail. Laminate shingles come with a wind warranty three times longer than that of 3-tab shingles; plus, laminate shingles come with a lifetime product guarantee.
Color, price, durability and aesthetics are all things to consider when choosing a new roof for your home. Make sure to take all of these factors into account when researching online and speaking with a roofer about your options. Contact Findlay Roofing today for a consultation about the best option for you and your home.